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Simon
This is my first and, most likely, last experience of the writing of Joanna Russ.

This is not so much science fiction that explores themes of gender but rather a feminist tract with occasional use of SF tropes. Large parts of the narrative form an undisguised polemic railing against the condition of women in society and the way that this condition is maintained by men.

The plot, such as it is, involves four different versions of the same woman but from different parellel planes of existence comin
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Pete Young
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some may have been thinking this inclusion on the SF Masterworks list is well overdue, and they’re probably right. Russ plays a part in her own novel (her most famous) about alternates of herself that may exist out there in the multiverse, with the broad differences between them being defined along the lines of their degrees of emancipation. By including herself in her novel even though she largely takes a back seat, this seemed to be the most honest way Russ could explore the subject of women’s ...more
Mrdavidpeat
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, paper
This was very enjoyable even though I didn't understand most of it. Definitely needs rereading. (I found it helpful to draw a character chart of the 4 Js, it can get a little confusing.)

Ostensibly about 4 versions of the same woman meeting across dimensions, it is largely composed of various considerations on gender/sexuality. Some were beautiful, insteresting and/or considered. Others eluded me.

I recall reading an analysis of this book (perhaps in Zeroes and Ones), which elaborated on the 4fol
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ErsatzCulture
Nov 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
Josh
Aug 05, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Max
Dec 25, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-women
Tracy E.
Sep 08, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Joao
Aug 09, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, to-buy
Mike
Nov 30, 2016 marked it as well-maybe  ·  review of another edition
Mightydin
Aug 26, 2011 marked it as science-fiction  ·  review of another edition
Bill Wellham
Jan 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aleš
Jun 06, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
Geoff
Mar 30, 2010 marked it as to-read
Mightydin
Nov 11, 2009 marked it as science-fiction  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-books